Scottish Drinking Jokes
of Jura Distillery
'water of life'
is generally accepted that whisky has been distilled in Scotland
for hundreds of years, and different theories as to its origins
have been suggested. Some state that is was brought into Scotland
by missionaries from Ireland; others point out that, as the
Arabs were among the first to learn distillation techniques,
thus knights returning from Crusades could have brought the
knowledge back with them. It may well be, however, that it evolved
simply as a means of using up barley which would otherwise have
been ruined after a wet harvest.
The name itself is derived from the Gaelic, uisge beatha, meaning
'water of life'. The Latin equilalent, aqua vitae, was a term
which was commonly used thoughout Europe to describe the local
spirit. Aqua vitae made its first appearance in official Scottish
records in 1494, with the record of malt being sold to one Friar
first indisputable reference in Scotland is an entry of 1494 by
Friar John Cor of Dunfermline (the former capital city) to make
"acquavitae". In medieval times, much production of
alcoholic drinks was in abbeys. They were the centres of communities,
with their own inns, and were also centres of learning and science.
Aqcuavitae, "the water of life", indicated simply "spirits".
This word, in various spellings, is found today in some Nordic
countries, and the French "Eau-de-vie" translates in
the same way. Rendered in Irish- and Scottish-Gaelic, the term
becomes "uisge beatha" or " usquebaugh", among
other spellings. These Gaelic names, sounding to the English-speaker
like "uishgi", were corrupted to "whisky".
the original vodkas and today's gins, the first Scottish distillates
were flavoured with herbs and spices. By the mid-1700s, a distinction
was made in Scotland between these favoured spirits and "plain
Glenmorangie is the biggest selling malt in Scotland.
The Famous Grouse is the biggest selling whisky within Scotland.
Bruichladdich is Scotland's most westerly distillery.
Bladnoch is the most southerly of Scotland's distilleries.
Highland Park is the most Northern Scotch Whisky Distillery in
Glenugie was the easternmost distillery in Scotland.
Pulteney is the most northern distillery in the Highlands.
Strathisla is the oldest malt whisky distillery in the Highlands
of Scotland. Founded : Est. 1786 / OBAN is also one of the oldest
stills in Scotland. Founded : 1794
Glenturret is one of Scotland's oldest malt whisky distillery.
Bowmore is reputed to be the oldest legal distillery on Islay.
Tomatin Distillery Compagny's is one of the highest in Scotland
and it is also the largest capacity distillery in Scotland.
Edradour is the smallest distillery in Scotland - With three people
to run the entire operation.
Glenfarclas is in Guinness Book of Records for the strongest malt
whisky available in a distillery's official bottling.
Glenlivet is one of the most popular malts in the world.
Glenfiddich is the largest selling single malt in the world.
Johnnie Walker Red label is the world's largest selling Scotch
Johnnie Walker Black label is the world's best selling
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